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#505: Manik Suri
Dec 17 2021
48 mins
#505: Manik Suri
Improving the Cold Chain to Save & Feed the Planet: A Conversation with Manik Suri of Therma Manik Suri is the Founder and CEO of technology company Therma. Before founding Therma, Manik co-founded the Governance Lab (GovLab), an innovation center at NYU that developed technology solutions to improve government. He is a former Affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and has held positions at global investment firm D.E. Shaw & Company and the White House National Economic Council.  Based in San Francisco, CA, Therma° is a leading innovator of IoT-based temperature monitoring solutions designed to create significant reductions in food waste and energy costs. Founded by alums from Harvard, Columbia and UC Santa Barbara, the company’s leaders are a mission-driven team of food industry professionals and technology innovators focused on one thing: making an impact on climate change. A leader in growing the “smart cold chain,” Therma develops innovative, IoT-powered, 24/7 temperature monitoring and real-time data analytics devices and platforms deployed across thousands of restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, and government agencies worldwide, with leading brands including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Burger King, NOW Foods, 7-Eleven, and Wyndham Hotels.  For more information, visit: www.hellotherma.com. Impact Report Series Producer, Katie Ellman speaks with Manik about his career journey and how it brought him to capitalize on the IoT to cut GHG emissions globally by improving the cold chain for the food industry. ImpactReportPodcast.com
Dec 17 2021
48 mins
#504: FABSCRAP#503: Gilles Mesrobian
Nov 5 2021
26 mins
#502: Robert Pasin#501: Joe Sanberg#412: Steven Rothstein#411: Ramona Ortega#410: Brandi Susewitz#409: Francesca Mahoney#408: Nicole MeierSpecial: Population#407: Gary J. Nix#406: Stacy Smedley#405: Peter Krull#404: Jessica Thurston#403: Natasha Dyer#402: Paul Sellew
The Future of Agriculture is Local and Greenhouse-Grown: A Conversation with Paul Sellew Paul Sellew, founder and chief executive officer of Little Leaf Farms, had a vision to grow lettuce in New England year-round after mastering the growing and distribution of greenhouse-grown tomatoes with his previous company, Backyard Farms. Founded in 2015, Little Leaf Farms grows flavorful, crisp, leafy baby green lettuce in a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, sustainable greenhouse facility in Devens, Mass. By innovating greenhouse growing, capturing rainwater, and using sunlight, Little Leaf Farms is an industry leader in controlled environment agriculture, allowing the company to grow lettuce and ship it to stores within 24 hours thereby surpassing competitors on taste and quality. Little Leaf Farms is able to reduce food miles and waste by growing locally as compared to 95 percent of the lettuce grown and trucked cross-country from California and Arizona. Using captured rainwater allows the company to use 90 percent less water than field-grown lettuces. Using natural sunlight over electric lights contributes to the company’s efficiency in growing practices. No human hands touch Little Leaf Farms’ lettuce throughout the growing process to ensure safe growing practices and to reduce any risk of contamination. A socially responsible company, Little Leaf Farms also works with nonprofit charity partners, Greater Boston Food Bank, Loaves to Fishes, and Daily Table, to name a few. ImpactReportPodcast.com
Feb 26 2021
24 mins
#401: Karen Chovan#321: Karla Magruder#320: Ben Vandenwymelenberg